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Pillow Collective

Posted on February 3rd, by Amy in Pillow Collective. 11 comments

Hi there! I’m so excited to be hosting the first (of many) Pillow Collective! I hope you find lots of inspiration and motivation to add your own beautiful, handmade pillows to  your spaces this week!

Check back for links to more tutorials all week long!

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There’s also a chance to win if you make your own pillow later in the month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $50 Gift Certificate!

The Quilted Fish is offering a bundle of Madhuri fat quarters

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I can’t wait to see what you create!

Happy Quilting ~

Amy



Kitchen Stitches – Sewing Projects to Spice Up Your Home

Posted on January 30th, by Amy in books, In the Kitchen. 2 comments

Earlier this month this new book came out with a ton of great projects in it! All for your kitchen and dining spaces!

My contribution to Kitchen Stitches is this sweet table runner and napkin set, called Cartwheels. To the right you can see a peek of all the beautiful pieces included in Kitchen Stitches!

Have you sewn for your kitchen lately?

I love having a runner on my table, it always brings a smile to my face, to see a bit of quilty amongst  the busyness of each day! Looking through the book there are few other projects that I would love to add to my kitchen too – someday soon. Obviously most of the projects are quilted pieces, but there are some great wall decor items too! Great inspiration for your … Read More »



Quiltcast #22

Posted on January 29th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Catch up with us and what we have been working on, and what’s coming up!

 

Find Your Lula

Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild

*Quilt Backs

Pieced vs. wide backing – what do you prefer?

Check out these wide backing options at Fat Quarter Shop!

*Quilt Disasters :(

temporary sashing, to wash without fraying.

enzyme detergent for proteins

 

Top 5 Kitchen Tools – Everyone has to eat!

April’s list

Tea kettle

Water Bottle – and Kids Water Bottles

Method Antibacterial Kitchen Spray

Blendtec Total Blender or the tried and true basic Oster Blender

Menu planning pdf

 

Amy’s list

Crock-Pot

Calphalon Nonstick Pans

My sippy cup –

Cuisinart Coffeemaker

Petite Chef Knife is the one I use the most!

 

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well – Thanks! Amy



Please excuse my absence. . .

Posted on January 29th, by Amy in Me, Pillow Collective, work in progress. 9 comments

I’ve come down with a cold, and there’s no one to blame but myself! I’m finally starting to feel like myself again, but have zero energy.

Instead I’ve caught up on some email, and sat on the couch with a pretty pile of fabric.

I have a pillow for my Pillow Collective tutorial, all planned out, and hope to sew it today. . . now that I have all the pieces together, and enough energy to hold my head up!

I hope you will join us next week for Pillow Collective – there are some great tutorials in the works!

What have you been sewing lately?

More soon -

Amy



Quiltcast #21

Posted on January 23rd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

I’m a little late getting the podcast out this week – sorry! I hope you enjoy our chat about Pillow Collective, and our best resources for washing our quilts. Check out the bloggers involved in Pillow Collective here.

Zipit is a great resource for zippers.

Wool dryer balls – a quick tutorial here.

APQ Quilt-along is still happening if you would like to join in the fun!

Listen in for more about this :

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well – Thanks! Amy



Pillow Collective — Coming Soon!

Posted on January 21st, by Amy in Pillow Collective. 7 comments

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a Pillow Collective, starting February 3!

I have pulled together this fabulous group of bloggers, to help spruce up our living spaces with a collection of great tutorials for you!  After we share our throw pillow tutorials, you will have the chance to make your very own pillow(s) and enter to win prizes, later in the month!

Be inspired by:

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Amy Ellis
April Rosenthal
Lisa Calle
Natalia Bonner
Megan Bohr
Amanda Woodruff
Heather Valentine
Amy Smart
Vanessa Christenson
Maureen Cracknell
Amanda Jean Nyberg
Dana Bolyard
Christina Lane
Heather Bostic
Audrie Bidwell
Amanda Herring

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I hope you will join in the fun, and add a little cheer to your spaces – I’m looking forward to it!

Amy

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My APQ Quilt-Along Progress

Posted on January 20th, by Amy in quilt-along, work in progress. 8 comments

Last week I shared my Quilt-along progress, and I’m excited to have even more progress to share today!

I sewed up the block centers – and love the way the colors are coming together, the varied blues, with a touch of green is just right!

I also did some strip-piecing, and trimmed them up for four-patches -

Sewing at night makes for challenging photography, but I do love the colors!

Up next, I have more strip piecing and segments to cut, before assembling the blocks.

Are you quilting along with us yet? You can find the pattern in the current American Patchwork & Quilting; just look for this cover :

I’ll be back tomorrow with some info on Pillow Collective -

Amy



Quiltcast #20

Posted on January 15th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

We’ve already done 20 Quiltcast episodes! I really hope that you enjoy them and are finding some value in the midst of our chats. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

Design Process

Sometimes our designs are guided by what is requested of us, we both use EQ7 to design and audition fabrics there.

Mac users will be excited to know that EQ7 for Mac will be available soon, check out the details here.

Top 5 Notions :: This week!

April’s list is inspired by quilting with her kids

1/4″ Sewing Machine Foot with guide

Seam ripper

Metallic Thread

Fusible Web – Heat’n Bond Lite

Washi Tape

My list is inspired by what I’m piecing right now – #apqquiltalong

Wonder Clips

ArtBin

OLFA Scissors

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My Relaxing Weekend

Posted on January 13th, by Amy in work in progress. 10 comments

I turned in my book on Friday, feeling happy and excited about all the work. Yay! After spending most of the last month at home, working,  I requested dinner and a movie out with the family, so we headed out to see Frozen and had a nice dinner in Park City, together. We had a really fun night out, and the kids all enjoyed the movie.

A couple of weeks ago, I had gone through my stash, and pulled a lot of fabrics to sort into color groups, so I decided to tackle that much later in the evening.  While I found it very relaxing, my husband looked at me incredulously, asking, “What, did you forget how to relax?”  There might be a tiny bit of truth in his question, but I had fun anyway, and the piles are so pretty … Read More »



Quiltcast #19

Posted on January 8th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Today we are talking about our fabric scraps, sorting, storing, and using our scraps. Join April and I as we try to make sense of our scrap stashes!

Shout Color Catcher are a great save for washing quilts with lots of color, or less quality dyes.

Plastic storage boxes might be a good option for me to get started sorting my scraps.

Scrap Swaps take a little time to coordinate, but given a theme could be a great way to acquire more variety in your scraps.

There’s lots more great info in the podcast – I hope you will listen and find the gems, like this one :

We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well – Thanks!

Amy

 



Handmade Gifts

Posted on January 7th, by Amy in finished project. 8 comments

I am nearly done with my book, and can’t wait to send everything in this week! I realized that I never shared my tiny bit of handmade gifting here – and wanted to, before it’s any later!

These blocks measure 3 1/2″ square, and were paper pieced for precision.  I just love how crisp all the corners are when paper-pieced!

I had this idea for for a zip pouch for a while, and wanted to show off the prints with the subtle background. I also think the size is perfect, for just about anything!  Prints are Clover Sunshine, the background, Essex yarn-dyed in black. I finished up these teacher gifts late the night before the last day of school, added a few extra bits and they were well received.

I made a second … Read More »



Quiltcast #18

Posted on January 1st, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Happy New Year! April and I are chatting about our 2014 deadlines, and goals.

Share your goals and aspirations with us, and let us know what you need help with :)

Listen for more details about the Pillow Collective!

ReSEWloutions with Baby Lock seen here.

Sewtopia details here.

Quilt Bliss

Small Town Quilt Show…In a Big Town Way

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well – Thanks!

Amy

 






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